Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Arrives with $24.45M on Wednesday; 'Exodus' Falls to Second with $1.31MDecember 18, 2014 12:16 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies debuted with $24.45 million on Wednesday. That figure includes the estimated $11.2 million the film grossed from Tuesday night shows (which represented a very significant 45.8 percent of the film's opening day gross).

The Battle of the Five Armies opened 22 percent below the $31.19 million opening day performance of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, though that was expected given that The Desolation of Smaug opened on a Friday. The Battle of the Five Armies opened 6.5 percent below the $26.16 million Wednesday start of 2002's The Two Towers, which went on to gross $102.05 million in its first five days of release. Given that The Battle of the Five Armies will likely experience more initial front-loading in comparison; the last chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy appears to be on course for a five-day start in the area of $88 million to $95 million.

After leading the daily box office for the previous five days, Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings fell to second on Wednesday with $1.31 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down a sharp 41 percent from Tuesday. Clearly Exodus: Gods and Kings took a big hit from the arrival of The Battle of the Five Armies in the marketplace. Exodus: Gods and Kings has grossed $29.61 million in six days of release. That places the film an underwhelming 2 percent behind the $30.2 million six-day start of the far less expensive Son of God earlier this year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was down one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to land in third with $1.02 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a healthy 26.5 percent from last Wednesday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $280.39 million in 27 days. That leaves the film $19.61 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 22.5 percent behind the $361.59 million 27-day take of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Paramount's Top Five placed in sixth for the day with $0.447 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down one spot and a solid 24 percent from Tuesday. Top Five has grossed $8.44 million in six days of moderate release. The low-budget film continues to perform on the low end of expectations, but hopes to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong critical reviews and planned expansions.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Oct. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$1,978,8796%3,216--$615$49,157,8651Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,367,990-4%3,11130$440$93,153,3952Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,123,5466%3,27318$343$48,093,7942Summit
4Hereafter$781,036-6%2,1812173$358$15,841,4702Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$569,0646%3,10836$183$39,703,1473Disney
6The Social Network$508,5151%2,92153$174$75,005,8794Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$482,1887%3,019-131$160$39,477,8393Warner Bros.
8The Town$232,381-5%1,918-450$121$85,651,6076Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$166,0775%2,236-266$74$50,915,5075Warner Bros.
10Easy A$121,82815%1,632-682$75$55,233,0576Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$107,692-1%1,255-790$86$50,435,8655Fox
12My Soul to Take$67,560-27%1,689-840$40$14,348,8153Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$96,884-10%290108$334$4,077,8265Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$59,5666%560-197$106$5,342,6413Focus
3Inception$51,3796%452155$114$290,585,67715Warner Bros.
4Alpha and Omega$38,68918%727-242$53$23,666,4406Lionsgate
5Case 39$35,337-4%721-685$49$12,859,6344Paramount Vantage
6Devil$35,0959%642-249$55$32,575,6656Universal
7Stone$34,793-9%11372$308$937,3973Relativity / Overture
8N-Secure$32,7130%445-41$74$2,106,3192Freestyle
9Let Me In$26,5720%513-698$52$11,729,8634Relativity / Overture
10Despicable Me$24,31025%324-8$75$247,609,09516Universal
11Never Let Me Go$24,0789%178-54$135$2,091,9786Fox Searchlight
12Nowhere Boy$21,7366%2150$101$857,3253Weinstein Company
13Catfish$17,009-2%13923$122$2,948,0336Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$6,54441%172-365$38$411,0132Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$4,51521%150-55$30$29,011,21510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$45,59819%60-1$760$17,248,53132Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$28,1347%5544$512$552,6142Fox Searchlight
3Under the Sea 3D$8,286-8%160$518$24,609,63489Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Buried$7,189-1%88-15$82$915,9455Lionsgate
5Avatar$4,925-7%9-1$547$760,392,60245Fox
6The American$3,510-11%76-68$46$35,576,7168Focus
7Lottery Ticket$3,001-2%92-46$33$24,676,10610Warner Bros.
8Machete$2,7702%50-46$55$26,531,6548Fox
9The Tillman Story$2,223-8%247$93$725,00610Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,7538%35-14$50$460,3056Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,62023%54-33$30$36,629,00210Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$779-32%8-3$97$87,7323Anchor Bay
13The Concert$3487%5-4$70$648,13414Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$335-7%18-19$19$6,204,69620Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$18731%6-22$31$24,980,61010Weinstein Company